From the 11 – 20 August, one of the cultural highlights of the Amsterdam summer, the annual Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) will take place on and around Amsterdam’s canals. The historic canal belt of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010, hosts the ten-day festival of classical music at numerous beautiful locations.
The beautiful canals in the centre of Amsterdam form the perfect backdrop for classical music. The Canal Festival’s concerts are performed on stages by or even on the water, as the musicians stand on pontons and the audience listens from the canal side or from their own boats. Drawing in thousands of lovers of classical and contemporary music from all over the world, the ten-day festival is a highlight on Amsterdam’s cultural agenda.
One of the highlights during the Grachtenfestival is the Prinsengracht Concert, taking place on the pontoon by the Pulitzer Hotel and drawing in huge crowds each year. The concert is free and it is broadcast live on Dutch TV.